Delia Locke


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Retrospect, benefit of a school. He hassince been accused of being selfishin the matter, which is whollyuntrue.Aug. 25. 1856. Mr.Bodenhammer commenced the workof clothing and papering the house.Mary McDowell was a member ofour family from Sept. 1 to Oct. 26.Sept. 20. 1856. Brother George sailedfrom San Francisco, bound for N. E.Oct. 19. 1856. The birthday of a littlebaby brother in Abington, whom I havenot seen. He is now abouttwo and one-half months old. Onthe same day cousin Loraine Shawdied. She was a little youngerthan I and, died of consumption,after a lingering illness.Nov. 16. 1856. Rev. J. W. Ward deliveredhis farewell address to thechurch and people of Centre Abington.He intends, we hear, to removeto the West. The new day inschoolhouse in our neighborhoodwas commenced near the last ofNov. 1856.Dec. 9. 1856. HenryMegerle was shot while engaged ina drunker quarrel with an Indian,Retrospect, I have kept a weather journalthrough the year, taking thetemperature three times in a day,also recording the state of theweather. By this I find that thelowest degree to which the thermometersunk was 24 deg. above zero, thehighest to which it rose was 107.Consequently the range was 83 degreesThus ends my record for this yearand, with it what I shall writein this book. If I write more,(which I intend to do) it will be inanother book."Praise the Lord, O my soul, and"forget not all his benefits:"Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;"Who crowneth thee with loving-kindness"and tender mercies:"Who satisfieth thy mouth with good"things; so that thy youth is renewed"like the eagles."For he hath not dealt with us after"our sins, nor rewarded us according"to our iniquities."Bless the Lord, O my soul."

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December 1856

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Original diary dimensions: 13 x 20 cm.

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